Road Salt: 1, Corvette: 0

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Corvettes | By

This is what road salt can do to a car. This was the 1984 we were planning to put back together – Not anymore. I tried to lift the car from the side frame rail and kept hearing crackling. So, I slid the jack underneath the rear end and found….Large quantities of rust. Ugh.

I dug deeper and found even more rust. I was in the process of removing plastic panels to have the car painted. That is when I found rust holes so big that I could stick my fist through. I cannot in good conscience sell this as a running car with as much structural damage as it has, and fully restoring it is out of our budget.

So….This one is going to be parted out and sold on eBay. It runs great, in fact, I have blogged several times about taking it for a drive in our parking lot. It has the original Crossfire motor, manual transmission, PCM, and new headers we recently bought. We don’t have much of the interior for it, except for carpets and some smaller trim pieces. It has the complete Dana 44 rear end. The glass hatch is in great shape and we have new struts for it. We have some wiring harnesses from a 1986 and a 1987 Corvette that we were going to use to splice in where there were sections missing. Plus, there is much more. The hood is in great shape, plus we have a new hood release kit we bought for it. Contact us at before we put it on eBay if you are interested in anything. We do ship overseas, and have sent quite a few pieces to the United Kingdom and Australia.


Enjoying the sunshine

February 29, 2012 | Posted in Corvettes | By

I took the 1984 Corvette out for a spin when it was nice out.

Vroom vroom...

It was nice out, so I had a little fun in the driveway 😀 It drives nicely for the most part, other than the power steering not working. Glad that the brakes work, though. This is what I do on rare sunny days in February!


It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s….an Acura Integra

February 20, 2012 | Posted in Corvettes, Mazda | By

We wanted to get some quick cash through the business, so we picked up an Acura Integra for $350 and are going to finish taking it apart over the next day or two. The engine, transmission, and wiring harness are spoken for, but the car is complete otherwise. NICE interior…other than smelling of Axe Body Spray 🙂 Body is mostly in good shape. We started listing the items we’ve taken off on eBay. Best of all, I don’t have to switch between metric and standard tools. Those of you dealing with C4 Corvettes can feel my pain, I’m sure.

Still working at the 1984 Corvette and the 1985 Rx-7. Have I mentioned how much I can’t stand half-assed “fixes” lately? If not, here it is. If I reached for a sawzall, torches, or a drill every time I couldn’t immediately figure out how to get something in or around something else, I’d have cars that looked like Swiss cheese. It may be the easy way at the time, but I’ve seen these decidedly non-factory cuts and holes get rusty and start falling apart, or wiring harnesses that look like a fire waiting to happen. These kinds of repairs can make things suck worse in the long run. Let’s not get started on not paying attention to mundane but necessary details, like, oh, I dunno….tightening up lug nuts before moving a car around. Grrrr.

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Parts cars and other adventures

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Corvettes | By

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Now that we got the ’84 situated in our shop, shipped out an RX-7 engine+transmission, and rearranged our garage, we’re ready to pick up our next car…or rather, part of a car. Having a break from one or both of us being sick has helped – it’s been a real circus on that front since Christmastime. It’s a 1986 Corvette from the firewall back. It has a lot of the interior parts we need for our ’84, plus we can sell the extra parts, so it’s a win all-around for us.

When *not* doing car stuff, I have been building websites. It’s one of my other talents, although practicing my skills *outside* the corporate world is much more rewarding. Check out the following:
The Wistful Cafe
Rusty Nuts Auto Recycling
B&B Recycling

I also am in the process of giving our own website a makeover. I’ve started on our Sports Car Salvage homepage and have done some work on our eBay store. Then, I will be updating our blog. Fun stuff. 🙂 It’s been nice to catch up on nerd stuff 🙂

We sold the 1982 RX-7 that we’d had for sale for a while. The people who bought it had an awful time with their rented car dolly. Fortunately, they were able to drive it home without any major problems after the ratchet straps on the dolly kept coming undone. I feel for them, because we have had some pretty hairy travel stories, many of which are due to equipment failures or just plain crappy supplies.


More Shiny Corvette Goodness

February 1, 2012 | Posted in Corvettes | By

Red 1984 Corvette after polishing

A big improvement

I spent some time polishing the Corvette. After dealing with old cars, some of which are not taken care of well, I’ve learned that a little polish can go a long way. Instead of re-painting the whole car, we are looking at re-painting sections of it. We bought a C4 Corvette parts car and will be picking it up sometime next week. It has most of the interior goodies (including a dash, WOO HOO!) and we can sell the rest of the parts.

As far as the wiring harness….That might be a bit of a challenge. The ’84 was in the process of being converted into a race car. The dash and console were removed, and the wiring harness has some….shall we say, interesting….shortcuts. Most of the wiring harness is sitting in a pile where the passenger seat should be. Glad that somebody left a Haynes manual behind. I have a dash/body interior wiring harness from a 1987, plus the rest of the 1984 wiring harness (that was removed) so here’s hoping we can figure something out.


1984 Corvette restoration project pictures

January 21, 2012 | Posted in Corvettes | By

This is what we’ve been up to lately! After getting our bundle of red joy home from Texas, we looked through it in detail and decided that this was going to be our most recent Corvette restoration project. It runs nicely and is structurally sound. It appears that somebody was going to turn this car into a race car project, but switched gears. Let’s take a look.

These pictures are the “BEFORE” pictures. This is what I have after a few trips around our parking lot in it and after giving it a bath. Right now, I am in the process of going over the whole car with polishing compound to see what I have. It’s looking like the amount of repainting that needs to be done is much less than originally anticipated.

(ASIDE: It just so happens that we are running an eBay sale through this weekend to make room for our next donor C4 Corvette. We’ll use the parts we can use and sell the rest. Shop our eBay store for more.)

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1984 Corvette is here!

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Corvettes, Humor, Travel Stories | By

We just got back from a road trip to Texas, where we picked up a recent purchase – a 1984 C4 Corvette. It just so happened that we came back a different way, allowing me to stop by the National Corvette Museum with the ’84 in tow.

A 1984 Corvette on a tow dolly outside the National Corvette Museum

Ooooh, pick me, pick me!

I finally took it for a drive out in the parking lot of our garage today. Although it probably still has the original shocks (bouncy bounce bounce….) and no power steering, it was actually kind of fun! It doesn’t have a dash (in fact, it has a pile of rainbow spaghetti where the dash should be) so I used my musical training in tempo and pitch to shift gears by ear. I’m sure my piano teacher would be proud.

My favorite Corvette of what I saw in the lobby of the National Corvette Museum.

VROOOOOM! (or not)

Still not sure if I’m going to restore it or part it out….We shall see.

Does this bathroom make my rear end look fat?

Does this bathroom make my rear end look fat?

While I was at the National Corvette Museum, I picked up some goodies to throw into the packages we send out 🙂


It is almost C4 parts time, folks!

June 6, 2011 | Posted in Corvettes, Humor, Mazda | By

We’re down to 3 parts to remove from the 1990 Miata (Engine/Transmisison, wiring harness and seat belts.)  This means it’s time for the 1987 Chevrolet C4 Corvette to be torn down, which has begun.  We’re starting to put the parts on our eBay store and are going to get this torn down a wee bit faster than previous cars.  Lots of good parts on this, including the bonnet and hard-to-find passenger right front items.  We’ll also be selling the complete suspension and frame with a title and VIN tag for those looking for a project platform!

We’ve also hit 100 Facebook friends this week, which makes us happy!  If you all would be so kind as to spread the work it’ll spread like the old shampoo commercials!

Tell two friends!

Thanks for your support, folks!


Fed Up with FedEx… RANT!

May 27, 2011 | Posted in Corvettes, Mazda, Shipping | By

It all started with a couple of mishandled shipments by the USPS…  We decided we would explore some other carriers, and it looked like FedEx had the best pricing and service…

On May 7th our customer, Scott W., won an auction on eBay for a bronze Targa top for an 86-88 Corvette.  He paid, we packed the thing VERY carefully, as they are fragile, took it to FedEx Kinko’s in Kent, OH and shipped it.  A couple days later I get an email from a VERY upset customer…  The shipment is not right (our fault) and it’s SERIOUSLY damaged.  (FedEx’s fault.)  We immediately set out to make this right, as we had, just 2 days before had a C5 Targa Top destroyed by FedEx…  Are ya’all getting this?  2 Targa Tops..  Fragile…  And we pack them VERY well…  Damaged beyond repair.  If they were new the C5 top is $1400.  Scott’s C4 top, if you can find it, is now only made by aftermarket companies, and runs $875 with a $200 core charge.

In less than 72 hours we had almost $2200 worth of merchandise, plus several hundred dollars in shipping charges, lost…  What’s worse, we looked like fools to our customers.  During this whole process we ended up with about $1400 tied up with FedEx after they somehow managed to destroy a METAL FENDER for a Mazda Miata…  And it has put is into somewhat of a cash crunch because it’s taken forever to get our claim approved and paid.  20 days and counting…  We were told last Friday that it was approved and would go out…  We were told on Tuesday it went out….  We called today (Friday a week later) and were told it’s en route…  VIA USPS… Wow, FedEx doesn’t even use their own services to send insurance checks?  Wow.

Scott W: I want to PUBLICLY apologize to you for this entire mess.  It’s not how we do business, and it’s making us look bad in your eyes, and we will do anything we can to correct that.

I could chew up a kitten right now… But only if it had a FedEx logo on it.



Busy in the garage, slacking online…

May 3, 2011 | Posted in Corvettes, Mazda | By

We’ve been busily tearing down the 1990 Miata and getting the parts available for sale… In the process, kinda ignoring our blog, so here’s a quick run down of our current projects:

1990 Mazda Miata NA: Being dismantled and sold piece by piece.

1987 Chevrolet Corvette: We had originally thought we were going to put this back together into a runner. Sadly, C4’s just aren’t worth restoring from this level of disrepair at this time. We’re going to dismantle it and get the parts out to people repairing and restoring their cars. It DOES have a fantastic Doug Nash 4+3 transmission, and many other parts which will be sold. We’re going to use the engine in another project.

1977 Chevrolet Corvette: The rebuild is in progress and Ron is just about ready to install the front body from our 1978 donor. We’re also going to pull the 305 out and install the L98 350 from the 1987 Corvette. Since the TPI was removed by the 87’s previous owner, this should yield a nice running 350 for our project C3. We’ve also decided to return the car to it’s original color, RPO 10, Classic White, and the interior will be RPO 64C, which is Buckskin.

1982 Mazda RX-7: This is currently at Schumanns Roadside & Towing to have its new gas tank, fuel lines and fuel pump installed.

We also just picked up a 1991 Jeep Cherokee, theoretically we’re going to use it as a shop mule. It fits with what we do, right? After all “The Jeep is America’s only real sports car!” – Enzo Ferrari 🙂

Hope all is well with everyone, our thoughts and prayers have been with the people of the Southern US effected by the tornado’s and storms.